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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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August 28
Museum & Library Archive Closed

Due to an electrical shutdown on MCC Fort Omaha Campus

August 31
Reader's Circle
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors and historical content from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on August 24 at Noon at the Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be, The Middle Five: Indian Schoolboys of the Omaha Tribe, by Franics La Flesche.

The Middle Fives, first published in 1900, is an account of Francis La Flesche's life as a student in a Presbyterian mission school in northeastern Nebraska about the time of the Civil War. It is a simple, affecting tale of young Indian boys midway between two cultures, reluctant to abandon the ways of their fathers, and puzzled and uncomfortable in their new roles of "make-believe-white-men."

The ambition of the Indian parents for their children, the struggle of the teachers to acquaint their charges with a new world of learning, and especially the problems met by both parents and teachers in controlling and directing schoolboy exuberance contribute to the authenticity of this portrait of the "Universal Boy," to whom La Flesche dedicated his book.

Regarded by anthropologists as a classic of Native American literature, it is one of those rare books that are valued by the specialist as authentic sources of information about Indian culture and yet can be recommended wholeheartedly to the general reader.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.


September 5
Museum & Library Archive Closed

In honor of the Labor Day Holiday